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compel (someone) to (do something)

To strongly encourage or pressure someone to do something. Threaten me all you want—you'll never compel me to be a traitor to my country!
See also: compel, to
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

compel someone to do something

to force someone to do something; to drive someone to so something. You can't compel me to do that. She compelled herself to try, even though she was ill.
See also: compel, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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There the school board tries to keep black enrollment in most schools in the range of 15 to 50 percent by encouraging or compelling white students to attend schools in black neighborhoods and vice versa.
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